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Tetracyclines (Topical)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Precautions | Side Effects

  • Antiacne agent, topical - Meclocycline; Tetracycline
  • Antibacterial, topical - Chlortetracycline; Tetracycline

Tetracyclines belong to the family of medicines called antibiotics. The topical ointment forms are used to treat infections of the skin. Meclocycline cream and the topical liquid form of tetracycline are used to help control acne. They may be used alone or with one or more other medicines that are applied to the skin or taken by mouth for acne.

Topical ointment forms of the tetracyclines are available without a prescription; however, your doctor may have special instructions on the proper use of these medicines for your medical problem. Meclocycline cream and the topical liquid form of tetracycline are available only with your doctor's prescription.

Topical tetracycline is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Chlortetracycline
    • Ointment (U.S. and Canada)
  • Meclocycline
    • Cream (U.S.)
  • Tetracycline
    • Ointment (U.S. and Canada)
    • Topical solution (U.S.)

Brand Names

Some commonly used brand names are:

In the U.S. -

  • Aureomycin 1
  • Achromycin 3
  • Meclan 2
  • Topicycline 3

In Canada -

  • Achromycin 3
  • Aureomycin 1


For quick reference, the following tetracyclines are numbered to match the corresponding brand names.

This information applies to the following medicines:
1. Chlortetracycline (klor-te-tra-SYE-kleen)
2. Meclocycline (me-kloe-SYE-kleen)†
3. Tetracycline (te-tra-SYE-kleen)
† Not commercially available in Canada


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